In 1972 Shead became Artist-in-Residence at the Power Studio, Cite Des Arts, Paris. In 1981-82 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Michael Karolyi Foundation in Vence, France where he met his late wife, the Hungarian sculptor Judit Englert.
After living in Budapest for a year and travelling widely in Europe, Shead and his wife returned to Australia and in 1987 settled in the small coastal community of Bundeena, south of Sydney. Shead’s biographer, Dr Sasha Griffin notes that Shead’s paintings “highlight a distinctive love of the Australian landscape”. This is evident in his Stockman series of the late 1980’s, his “gently satirical” Monarchy suite of paintings, and most significantly in his famous D.H. Lawrence series.
Garry Shead’s paintings are represented in the National Gallery of Australia, in leading state and regional galleries and in international collections.
*Reference: The D.H. Lawrence Paintings (1983); Encounters with Royalty (1998); Garry Shead and the Erotic Muse (2001); Dr Sasha Griffin (Reader in Art History at the Australian National University)